On the Ice
- Feb 22, 2018
oh wow that is horrible...i hope things change for the better now that Qiao Liang is back in China. i'm kind of getting the impression this kind of coaching is more normalized there than in places like the US? especially with the things about NiNi and her mother circulating around...is it taken seriously in China? can abusers be punished?
i have watched a couple episodes of All Around, i'll have to go back and watch again...if her coach is abusing her on camera, can something be done? or was done already? thats crazy he would have the audacity to do that on camera.
I sadly have no idea how stuff like that is perceived in China.
That being said, showing abuse on camera and no one caring is sadly not unique to China. There's a Margarita Mamun (RG) documentary showing her way to Olympic Gold in 2016 and it's basically one hour of abuse by various Russian coaches for the whole world to see. Here it is, if you're interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tgj5sUH3ULM
Also, what Bela and Marta Karolyi did in Romania and the US was known and well-documented for years; and no one cared in the US either, because medals were more important. Those who talked about the abuse were shunned and ridiculed (e.g. Moceanu). Only when it became public that a pedo was abusing gymnasts right under their noses, made possible by their training methods that were destroying gymnasts mentally and physically one bit at a time, it finally crossed a red line, and suddenly the public cared and there were consequences.